Following the announcement of the 2013/14 League One fixture list, PNE.Com takes a look at some of the most interesting facts and figures about the new season.
As always, PNE will play 23 teams twice each over the course of ten months as the Lilywhites hope to secure promotion to the Championship under the guidance of Simon Grayson.
The fixtures are split evenly, with 23 games either side of the 2014 New Year celebrations.
North End will play eight games during the working week throughout the season, one on a Monday, five on Tuesdays, one on a Wednesday and one on a Thursday.
Meanwhile, the remaining 38 matches are scheduled to take place at weekends, on either a Saturday or Sunday.
Preston kick off the campaign at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in what will be the first meeting between the sides in four years.
The squad then head to Yorkshire, and Rotherham United’s New York Stadium, for their very first visit to the Millers’ new ground.
Another of the Championship’s relegation trio, Peterborough United, will face PNE on 5th October.
Their most recent clash was three years ago when North End beat the Posh one-nil under the leadership of Darren Ferguson – now manager at London Road.
PNE will face Crawley Town for only the third and fourth time in the Club’s history after having made their maiden appearances against the Red Devils last season.
The trip to Vale Park to play Micky Adams’ Port Vale side will mark the first league fixture between the teams in two decades – following the Valiants promotion from League Two last season.
This will be the second season at Deepdale for a number of the senior squad with over 15 players heading into their sophomore campaign with the Lilywhites.
Chris Humphrey and Tom Clarke, meanwhile, face the prospect of their first games at Deepdale – both having signed for the Club already this transfer window.
North End academy graduates Steven James and Ryan Croasdale could make their debuts for the first team having put pen to paper on their first professional contracts just weeks ago.